To be full of the joys of Spring, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is to be lively and cheerful. At this time, with the spring equinox and with the clocks springing forward, it is perhaps a good time to contemplate the why and how of springtime joyfulness.
The Lady in the Lodge tells us how a Garden Annexe could be the perfect solution for our ageing population
As lifespans rise and people increasingly choose to start their families later in life, a new demographic phenomena has emerged. The so called “sandwich generation” are finding themselves caring for both children and aging parents (often living a fair distance away) and, for many, the dual burden can be overwhelming emotionally, logistically and financially. Yet, for all but a few, the notion of moving their elderly loved ones in to their own family home is both impractical and intolerable.
There are very good reasons why we clad most of our buildings in red cedar. It is beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Cedar has a considerable naturally resistance to decay and should last a good 40 or 50 years without the need for any significant maintenance.
The festive season is fast approaching and our minds are awash with Christmas preparations: food to procure and prepare; gifts to buy, wrap and dispatch; decorations and diplomacy; family and friends. The lists are endless, but before we know it the scraps of paper covered in hasty scrawl will have been discarded along with the wrapping paper and the turkey leftovers and we will be left with the looming spectre of the New Year reboot.
When a new moon coincides with its closest elliptical approach to Earth, we are treated to what is known as a supermoon: looming bright and huge in the night sky. This week has treated us to the most spectacular supermoon seen in British skies for over 70 years….or not, depending on the cloud cover in your neck of the woods!